April 2011

  By Steve Jermanok “Urgup?  You stop in Urgup?” I asked the bus driver slowly in English as I pointed to our ticket. “Yes, Urgup.  Coming.  Coming,” the man replied as he continued driving like a maniac. Something was seriously wrong. We had passed Goreme about an hour ago and,

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by Ian Keown Veteran cruisers who have circumnavigated the atolls of Polynesia and slithered on the ice of Antarctica often scoff at Southeastern Alaska (“the waters are too calm,” “you’re never out of sight of land,” and so on) but one family on a graduation cruise revels in the mix

The only things that would unfailingly draw me out of my warm lair on a wet night in Paris are the possibility of eating really good food and spending time with a favorite friend, so on Wednesday I bundled up and headed off to the 10th arrondissement for dinner with

Getting Steamy in the Blue Lagoon. By Everett Potter There’s nothing quite like an active volcano to alert people of your existence. The eruptions of the  Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland last spring severely disrupted air traffic in Europe and put this North Atlantic island at the center of the news.

By Bobbie Leigh How can an exceptionally charming Italian town have an inferiority complex? It seems odd, but that’s definitely the case for Lucca, a former ancient Roman  colony founded in 180 BC  that’s about a half hour’s drive from Pisa. “We have such a low profile,” complains one Lucchese. 

  By Steve Jermanok Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile is a twisted mass of monoliths and hoodoos that rise sharply from the dry Patagonian steppe, a stunning glacial landscape where guanacos (orange and white-colored members of the llama family), rheas (ostriches), and flamingos congregate near watering holes.

By Gerrie Summers I used to think of mega cruise ships as floating hotels.  Now a better description would be floating destinations.   With all that is being offered onboard, one doesn’t even have to leave the ship. In fact, a lot of frequent cruisers don’t. What could be better than